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“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)

The name refers to the bar called Strange Wolf (Strachan Lane, Melbourne, Australia) which is a pleasantly edgy/indie place with a rather good serving of fries and hamburger. Yet the post itself is more of a writer’s itch: I’ve been wanting to impart my wisdom to others for a while.

Faith. I think it’s a rather important little thing in this dark and gloomy world. Not the “I have faith in God and I must not sin” type. More like the “I’ve been kidnapped by a madman but I have faith in my friend to come and rescue me before my head gets chopped off” kind. If we would not have faith in anything, it seems like we live a rather fragile life. Faith in divinity is all nice and fine, and I do agree that it can save people from the darkest places they get to; yet I believe faith in oneself is much more vital.

In my world, if you aren’t willing to gamble on yourself, how could you possible expect others to want to? Then comes faith in your friends. The real ones. And by that I don’t always mean the non-imaginary ones. I have faith in the people I consider friends. Complete one. I know that if I ever end up killing someone (by accident) they will come and help me bury the body (hah, do you really think I would bury the body? That’s like one of the worst ways of getting rid of evidence. You either feed it to pigs – they eat everything including bones if you get them hungry – or make a little acid bath in my bathroom and melt it away. Hmph. What was I talking about?) or to come and blow up the prison so that they can get me out. I have faith in them because I know that’s what I would do for them. And it is so comforting to know that I have such people in my life.

It is even comfortable to know I have people in my life for whom I would do that. For whom I would fight gangs and dragons and darkness itself. People for whom I would take a bullet.

“I have great faith in fools – my friends call it self-confidence.”

Edgar Allan Poe

My faiths make me stronger. I’m not sure everyone can say that for themselves.

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